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Charlottesville, Virginia
Branding ABC 16
ABC 16 News
Slogan Where Charlottesville
News Comes First
Channel Digital: 16 (UHF)
Subchannels 16.1 ABC
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, Inc.)
Founded 1979
Callsign meaning VA (Virginia postal abbreviation)
Sister station(s) WCAV
Former callsigns W64AO (1979-2004)
WVAW-LP (2004-2009)
Former channels 64 (UHF analog, 1979-2004)
16 (UHF analog, 2004-2009)
Effective power 15 kW
Height 324 m
Facility ID 4687
Antenna coordinates 37°59′3″N 78°28′52″W / 37.98417°N 78.48111°W / 37.98417; -78.48111

WVAW-LD is the low-powered ABC-affiliated television station for Charlottesville, Virginia. Its transmitter is located on Carters Mountain south of the city. It is one third of a cluster of Gray Television-owned television stations based in Charlottesville. This includes CBS affiliate WCAV and Class A Fox affiliate WAHU-CA. All three stations broadcast out of shared studio facilities known as the "Charlottesville Newsplex" on 2nd Street Southeast in downtown Charlottesville. In addition, some behind-the-scenes duties are run alongside that of sister station WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg (which the "Newsplex" has a resource sharing alliance with). WVAW can be seen on Comcast channel 3 and is known on-air as ABC 16. Syndicated programming on the station includes: Deal or No Deal, Inside Edition, The Bonnie Hunt Show, and Tyra.



"Charlottesville Newsplex" logo.

What is now WVAW-LD originally began in 1979 on channel 64 with the call sign W64AO. The station was a low-powered repeater of Harrisonburg's WHSV-TV which was the area's default ABC affiliate even though Richmond's WRIC-TV puts a strong signal into Charlottesville. In 2004, W64AO moved to channel 16, gained the WVAW-LP call letters, and became the market's first ABC affiliate not long after WCAV signed-on. However, it was still officially licensed as a translator station according to the FCC. In early-2005, after the launch of WCAV and WVAW, Gray Television launched a third station in the market FOX affiliate WAHU-CA. Since 2006, the three stations have been the official flagships of University of Virginia sports.

WVAW was temporarily taken off-the-air by a fire on its transmitter tower at the top of Carters Mountain on November 9, 2006. The signal was restored on November 13. On December 28, WVAW moved to Comcast channel 3. After performing a flash-cut, the station replaced its analog signal with a 15 kW digital signal on the same frequency on February 16, 2009. It also changed its calls to the current WVAW-LD with "LD" standing for low-powered digital. Of all of the Richmond and Washington D.C. stations replaced on the main tier for the new Charlottesville ABC, CBS, and FOX affiliates only WTTG survived. On Comcast digital cable, Richmond channels include WRIC and WTVR-TV. WUSA is not on digital cable nor is any other district station. Other Comcast systems north and west of Charlottesville do pick up Washington and Richmond locals either on the main tier or digital. On October 27, 2009 ABC 16 digital transmitter had a glitch over-the-air. The station was put on the MyCvilleTV station for a short time. This only affected customers who watched over-the-air not cable customers. The problem was fixed a day later. ABC 16 returned to 16.1 at 8:25 pm on October 28, 2009.


WVAW's weeknight 7 o'clock news open.

WVAW and its sister stations employ the largest television news team dedicated exclusively to the Charlottesville market. While NBC affiliate WVIR-TV dedicates a large portion of its staff to adjacent markets, WVAW focuses its coverage solely on the counties that comprise the Charlottesville viewing area. As the primary station in the "Charlottesville Newsplex" operation, WCAV airs the most local newscasts. WVAW simulcasts Good Morning Charlottesville and only airs local news on its own weeknights at 7. Weeknights at 11, the station simulcasts WCAV. Previously, WVAW had aired its own local news at that time. There are no weekend local newscasts on this station. WAHU airs an hour long extension of Good Morning Charlottesville weekday mornings at 7 and a nightly 10 o'clock newscast. All newscasts, except the extension of Good Morning Charlottesville on WAHU, are streamed live on the "Charlottesville Newsplex" website. WVAW airs Cavalier Sports Weekly on Sunday mornings at 10:30 with a repeat on WCAV at 11:30 P.M.

Good Morning Charlottesville
(Weekday Mornings 4:55 to 7)

  • Anchors:
    • Bo Sykes
    • Cheryn Stone
  • Weather:
    • Travis Koshko

ABC 16 News at 7
(Weeknights 7 to 7:30)

  • Anchors:
    • John Rodgers
    • Jennifer Black
  • Weather:
    • Stacy Berman
  • Sports:
    • Marc Davis

CBS 19 News Nightcast
(Weeknights 11 to 11:35)

  • Anchors:
    • Dan Schutte
    • Jennifer Black
  • Weather:
    • Brantley Ussery
  • Sports:
    • Marc Davis

WVAW features additional news personnel with WCAV. See that article for a complete listing.

News/Station Presentation


Newscast Titles

  • ABC 16 News (2006-present)

Station Slogans

  • Where Charlottesville News Comes First (2006-present)
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